Two DUIs at St. Paddy's Sobriety Checkpoint

Howard County and Maryland State Police arrested four drivers as a result of a sobriety checkpoint on MD 175.


Police said they arrested two drivers for driving under the influence of alcohol during a in Columbia from Saturday night into early Sunday.

Officers from Howard County and Maryland State Police set up a checkpoint on eastbound MD 175 at Columbia Gateway Drive and observed 858 vehicles, pulling over seven vehicles for further examination, according to Howard County Police Department spokesperson Bryce Buell.

In addition to two DUI arrests, police said one driver was arrested for a drug violation and another was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Howard County sobriety checkpoints are funded in part by a grant from the Maryland Highway Safety Office and are part of the Checkpoint Strikeforce campaign.

David Maier March 20, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Great! In a time of tight budgets we spend a hugh amount of resources on .002% of drivers. Yes, drunk drivers are a danger but at what cost? The State of Maryland has spent twice the amount they should have on slot machines, the Baltimore School Board lost Millions of Dollars and cannot figure out where it went, the Legislature passes a law to make it legal to take money from restricted funds to place into the General Fund. Does anyone care? I went thru this intersection during a sobriety check and was aghast at the amount of resources used to do this. Was this all about showing our might? I felt like they were saying "Papers, Papers, show me your Paper". And the sheeple readily complied. Does anyone care?
Greg March 21, 2012 at 01:37 AM
David, I also fail to see the point of deploying such a vast amount of resources to what amounts to four arrests out of 858 "suspects" (I actually calculated a .4% arrest rate :-). At any rate, only two DUI charges has to be a huge disappointment to the planners. Several of those arrests can be a real cash cow for the county.
Mike A. March 23, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Those assigned to the checkpoint were from the traffic division. They usually adjust their schedules to not incur overtime costs for these operations. They do NOT do regular patrols as far as answering radio calls. As for the low arrest rate, those 4 arrests might have stopped a major tradgedy for someone's family by preventing a drunk driving accident where someone innocent could have been severely injured or killed.


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